NEW YORK — Marvin Traub, the 79-year-old consultant and former chairman and chief executive of Bloomingdale’s operates in two gears, forward and fast-forward.
Traub, in yet another phase of his career, said in an interview Monday he is bringing the Jacques Dessange hair brand to the U.S., managing the North American distribution of London-based Pout color cosmetics, and licensing Grant boxing equipment into apparel and lifestyle categories, among other projects.
He also is launching Kelly Hoppen contemporary home fashions in Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus and arranging licenses for Kelly Hoppen tabletop, sheets, furniture, floor coverings and lamps.
Traub is moving his namesake consulting company, Marvin Traub Associates, from Financo Inc., the investment banking firm, into offices at 350 Park Avenue. Traub and Financo chief Gilbert W. Harrison have said Traub would continue as a senior adviser to the company.
“I like to say I’m starting my third career,” Traub said. “My first was with Bloomingdale’s. My second was with Financo. And my third is here, Marvin Traub Associates.”
Traub said he needed more space than Financo provided because his business is growing. He acknowledged that his “major relationships” are with his own clients and that his firm has 25 projects in development, though some are more preliminary than others, including a 250,000-square-foot upscale department store in Athens that he hopes to help plan.
He does, however, already have a team in Panama City to retenant the Multicentro one million-square-foot shopping center, and is consulting on the plan for the four million-square-foot Morgan Center complex on the grounds of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Village. With a hotel, apartments, offices and retail, the center is inspired by the six-month-old Time Warner Center here, which Traub also helped conceive. Among his other real estate projects, he’s been helping to reshape Moscow’s largest department stores, Tsum, into a designer emporium having brought in Armani, Bottega Veneta, Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and other brands to the 250,000-square-foot setting. “Visualize a Barneys or a Bloomingdale’s,’’ he said. “That’s what it looks like now.”
On the start-up side, Traub said he’s launching a Web site, called seethatagain.com, to help consumers identify and buy products seen on television and in music videos. He’s working with AOL, which has video streaming.
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